Giro d'Italia's dramatic bike path time trial

The 2015 Giro d'Italia opens on Saturday with a unique team time trial tun along the path of an old railway

Ciclsita si allenano sulla pista ciclabile tra San Lorenzo al Mare e Sanremo in previsione della prima tappa a cronometro del 98/mo Giro d'Italia, 7 maggio 2015. ANSA/DANIEL DAL ZENNARO

(Image credit: Daniel Dal Zennaro)

The Giro d'Italia has previously raced on gravel roads, planks and islands, but when the 2015 race starts on Saturday in Liguria it will be the first time the organiser has run a stage on a bike path.

The Italian Riviera will host the opening stage, a team time trial, from San Lorenzo al Mare to San Remo on bike paths that it created from abandoned railway lines. The Riviera dei Fiori bike path will span 60 kilometres when completed.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.